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ORAL COMMUNICATION 2010
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COURSE OBJECTIVES
The goals of the course are for you to communicate effectively and ethically in public communication situations, and to be critically engaged in public discourse. CLASS POLICIES
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance in mandatory. After two unexcused absences, your overall course grade will be dropped ½ a letter grade for each additional absence. Good excuses are treated the same as poor excuses. In the event you are absent, you are responsible for course material covered. SIGN-UP POLICY: At least one week before each speech, you sign-up for a speaking date. This is a contract. Your signature obligates you to speak on the day you are signed up for. There are no guaranteed make-ups. If you miss a speech, you will receive a zero. You are free to trade speaking days with other class members, but you must put any changes on the sign-up sheet. You are strongly urged to have your speeches prepared & practiced in a critique session with a Teaching Assistant at least 5 days before the presentation date. PROFESSIONALISM AND ACTIVE PARTICIPATION: During class you should not send or receive texts, surf the internet, take phone calls, engage in private conversations, or sleep. Come to class prepared to listen and to participate. Your level of engagement with the materials is part of your grade. Your attendance will influence the professionalism portion of your grade in addition to your overall grade. For an A in professionalism and participation, you may not be absent more than once. Finally, keeping up with the Prep Questions (below) is expected. GRADE QUESTIONS AND APPEALS are considered in person, in private. Any dissatisfaction with grades must first be explained in writing and followed up with a meeting. Submitting dissatisfaction does not guarantee a grade change, however it will allow for an opportunity to discuss the grade in more detail. For a variety of reasons, it is always best (to your advantage) if you wait 48 hours after receiving a grade before questioning the grade. ASSIGNMENTS

Readings: The required text for the course is The Speaker’s Handbook, (TSH)10th edition by Jo Sprague, Douglas Stuart, & David Bodary. Optional texts include Give Your Elevator Speech a Lift, 2nd edition by Lorraine Howell, and APA: The Easy Way! (Updated for APA 6th edition) by Peggy M. Houghton, Timothy J. Houghton and Michele M. Pratt All reading assignments are noted on the class schedule. Additional reading materials may be handed out in class or posted on Blackboard. Prep Questions: These questions are designed to review and/or apply the important concepts from your readings and the lectures. You should write down your answers to the questions and bring them to every class. You do not have to type them if you print neatly. They will be collected and graded at least twice during the semester, without notice. However, keeping up with the questions (due dates are on the syllabus) will also impact the Professionalism & Participation portion of your grade Speeches: You are encouraged to have your speeches video-taped. You can purchase an SDHC card and bring it with you on the day of your speech, or you can use your cell phone. Speech #1 (with a full sentence outline) is a 3 minute informative speech that explains a technical/complex concept or process. You will “workshop” the speech, in class, with a group of students before presenting. You will receive an individual and a group grade for this assignment. Your group grade will be the average of all the individual grades in the group. Speech #2 is a 6 minute informative speech (with 2 copies of a full sentence outline) that analyzes the issues and arguments in your question of policy. This speech will be presented as a roundtable discussion to an audience. Speech #3 is a 7-8 minute persuasive speech (with 2...
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